Women in Criminal Justice Conversations: On Not Letting Setbacks Define You
12:30 PM GMT
Description: In August 2017, the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section hosted “Women as Change Agents in Criminal Justice: The Importance of Electing Women.” Then-Brooklyn District Attorney candidate Anne Swern served on the panel and talked about her past criminal justice successes, her decision to run for office, the importance of having women at the criminal justice reform table, and lessons learned leading up to the pending primary election. After the last vote was counted in September 2017, unfortunately, Anne was not the victor. She came in second in a field of seven candidates, and was beaten by the male incumbent, but Anne fought hard to highlight the need for effective criminal justice reform during the race.
Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich ran a very competitive race in northwest Miami-Dade County against the incumbent incoming Education and Appropriations Chair of the Florida House in 2016. A former prosecutor in Miami Dade County who then founded her own white-collar criminal defense firm, Ivette was a top candidate for the Florida Democratic Party and received the endorsement of President Barrack Obama. She loss by less than 3500 votes and is determined to ensure that more women are elected to public office.
Register for this FREE WEBINAR and watch Melba Pearson, former prosecutor and Deputy Director of ACLU Florida, speak with Anne and Ivette about the courage to run for office, the need for women to support each other, and how they are not letting setbacks define them or their legal careers.
Please submit preliminary questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.